…even more when they are given voice.
On tonight’s episode of @coasttocoastam two gentlemen (Archaeo-astronomer and director of the Binary Research Institute, Walter Cruttenden, and researcher in ancient advanced technologies, Jason Martell) were on to talk about “Planet X”.
Now for those of you who don’t know what Coast is, let alone Planet X let me explain.
Coast to Coast AM is an actually terrific late night radio show that focuses on the “far out there” subjects and ideas that most people don’t bother talking about. Everything from aliens to ghosts to monsters to more serious topics (although I’m sure there are some out there who consider those topics rather serious). But confession - I, Crendor, my friend Will, and pretty much everyone else I know who listens does so for entertainment - not cause we believe ghosts are contacting us through the TV (or other such theories).
And if you’re wondering, it’s actually really entertaining, even if you don’t believe a word of it. And sometimes they cover really interesting topics (see dr. michio kaku talking about the phases of galactic civilization and where humanity falls on the chart - spoiler alert: we’re 0 :P ).
If you can’t be bothered to listen to the more weighty topics, listen on fridays for “open lines” when people call in. Turns out most people who call late night radio shows are batshit crazy.
so one of the major topics of late has been this “planet x”. The idea has been floating around there for a long time as a way of explaining strange astronomical phenomenon or ancient civilization texts or various other things. The basic gist is that it’s a dark planet or possible brown dwarf star that circles our solar system and every so many thousand years passes by all the planets and causes catastrophic disaster - which is especially bad for earth. This and many other “end of days” theories are starting to get more and more airplay as Dec 21st approaches (the end of the Mayan Calendar) and we try to search for it’s meaning. What’s happening is that many end of world theorists are now using this date to focus their efforts and beliefs on. Whatever “the world will end this way” theory they have, now is going to happen on Dec 21. Why? Cause the Mayans said so. Meanwhile if you ask a REAL Mayan (they still exist people!) they will say “that’s crazy pants”.
Anyway, back to Planet X - if it wasn’t obvious, nearly every scientist in the world believes this is nutso. We would have seen something - anything. Even if it’s “dark” as many proponents believe we would have seen stars that were once there, now gone, because a giant planet is in front of them.
Usually I would listen to guests like this and chuckle to myself and laugh at how silly they are. But tonight’s guests are claiming to be scholars and scientists and spouting off facts that are complete nonsense. For some reason it rubs me the wrong way - I literally had to stop the editing I was doing to write this when I heard it.
In one of the segments, the guests were talking about coincidences and how it relates to their theories - and they brought up the number 12 (which they say is perfect and whole and how the ancients worked their ancient knowledge) to validate their ideas. How everything was in 12s - 12 months in a year, 12 signs of the zodiac, 12 disciples of Jesus, 12 lunar phases…etc..etc..
And it drove me crazy because nearly every one of those is circumstantial at best or factually wrong at worst!
1. 12 months in a year - any student of history knows, this isn’t some ancient secret passed down from wise cultures of the far past. The calendar has been changed countless times, and it was only made 12 months after Julius Caesar and his son Augustus added months based off their own ego :P (July and August). Did ancient aliens convince them to do this? I’m gonna say no. Not to mention this is merely the western version. Are these men saying the eastern religious calendars are not even worth mentioning?
2. 12 Zodiac signs - spoiler alert: there are actually 13. Ophiuchus the 13th sign, falling between Scorpio and Sagittarius has been known about since 130 bc, but just left out since the western belief systems like the number 12 since it’s all bibley. This again, is a western civilization-centric point of view.
3. Speaking of the Bible, they then said the 12 disciples of Jesus was clearly a big factor as well. WELL - I’m not going to get into a theological discussion, but I’m positive if you go to any priest as ask them, they will confirm that Jesus had waaaaaaay more than 12 disciples. In fact it was more like 72 actually hanging around him at all times. The 12 featured in the bible are the ones the Church decided to include. Associating mystical properties with this aspect is nonsense - but people do it anyway!!!
4. and finally (since I could so this all day) the 12 lunar phases: Yes, there are 12. And yes they happen every 29 days. BUT we only labeled them 12 and then formed the 12 months to fit around them. In fact since most months are 30 or 31 days, we have to edit the calendar (see February) to ensure we don’t have 2 lunar phases in one month. It’s all planned to be that way, BY US.
All I’m saying is, don’t come on the most listened to national late night radio program saying you know what you’re talking about, act like you are the foremost scholar on something (even if it’s a crazy something) and then spout off nonsense. You are doing a disservice to the world.
Feel free to converse about your wacky theories all night - but don’t try to take facts, and warp them to fit your theories about the end of the world in order to scare or insight action from the less educated viewers who don’t know any better - just cause you want to pimp your website or sell a book.